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January 27, 2018

Online Purchases: EU vs Non EU – What’s the Difference?

With being able to grab your phone out of your pocket, make a few clicks and buy some product that is 10,000 miles away the world has become far more connected, but also a bit more confusing as international law and taxation have now become involved. And not everyone understands it. So allow me to explain what many have been confused by in the hopes to shed some light and make your shopping experience a […]

October 16, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Berluti — French Fashion House Goes Western!

In the modern day of retail sales you have to keep up or you will get left behind, especially now, thanks to the internet and the entire world just being one click away. But there is a fine line between keeping up and going overboard. And I am having mixed feelings about the boots at hand, from Berluti’s new A/W collection. I never thought I would see a men’s French style house doing Western cowboy […]

July 24, 2017

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Unique Design Feature by Berluti

Now that I am in a new territory for content, I passed by Bergdorf Goodman the other day and had a look at their selection of shoes to see what was popular here in the US. The brand ambassador for Berluti happened to be there that day and we chatted quickly about their selection. He was a nice guy and showed me what they had in stock. I managed to notice this extremely unique wholecut […]

July 6, 2017

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not crease is just absurd. So many times have I heard people complaining about wrinkled leather and thus blaming either the leather or the maker for this reason. Well allow me to tell you that there are so many more factors that play into a shoe’s leather becoming prominently wrinkled, factors that […]

A Shoe Collection of a True Aficionado

Some people love cars, some love watches, some love video games and then there are those that love menswear, particularly the staple ingredient known as ‘shoes.’ And then there are some people that love them way more than others and have a true passion for them, in all sorts of shapes, colors and styles. Sole Preacher of Instagram is one of those gentleman, a true shoe aficionado collecting anything from patina’d sneakers, to shoes with […]

October 13, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Three

Most of the pictures in this post are of Berluti’s bespoke samples (with the exception of the two black pairs below). Berluti was very smart to hire two of the best bespoke makers in France, if not the world: Anthony Delos and Patrice Rock. Their appointment ensured that the legacy of Berluti’s integrity, from the switch of ownership from private company to LVMH acquired, stayed intact. The beauty of their bespoke department is that you […]

October 11, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Two

Further to my post yesterday on Berluti here are some more pictures to see a glimpse of what they do on the leather goods side of things. Their patina’s, for me, are most certainly not among the best in the world but the vividness of their coloring and the range of colors that they can achieve are impressive for sure. For example that deep teal green is sublime and is not an easy color to […]

October 10, 2016

A Trip to Berluti – London: Part One

As you get older you learn a lot about yourself, your thoughts and how you perceive the world. I used to have this love/hate relationship with Berluti. I would always say that they were too expensive although I always loved the design of them. Maybe that was a sort of small guy (me) versus the big guy (i.e. LVMH). But as I get older, run my business for longer and start to think more about […]

August 10, 2016

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Shoe Shining – Tips & Tricks

  I have written a formal post about how to polish your shoes properly but just recently realized that I have never shared the secrets to overcoming all of the obstacles of getting to be able to consistently polish one’s shoes to said standard. That being, allow me list out some of the tips and tricks that I have learned over the years, from all of my trial and error. Here goes: 1. Shining new […]

November 13, 2014

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Bespoke Berluti Saddle Loafers

As I said a few posts ago, the sweeping saddle loafer is making a comeback and this Berluti rendition is top of the line! It is no surprise however, as Berluti’s bespoke is among the top even if their RTW is not. I have seen a few of the bespoke numbers in my time and they were nothing shy of excellent in every sense of the word. Take it even a step further when you […]